Marcia Wallace of ‘Newhart’ & ‘Simpsons’ Fame Dies at 70


You may not know the name, but you know the voice Marcia Wallace, voice of Mrs. Krabappel and star of ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ has died.

From Variety: Wallace won an Emmy for outstanding voiceover performance on “The Simpsons” in 1992. In a statement, “Simpsons” exec producer Al Jean called her “brilliant and gracious.”

“She was beloved by all at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character,” he said.

Earlier this year, “Simpsons” producers let it be known that the show intended to kill off a major character in the upcoming season. Jean said that Wallace’s character was not the one slated to die.

“Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her,” Jean said. Born in Creston, Iowa, she moved to New York after graduating college and worked in off-Broadway productions. The role of the receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show” was written specifically for her after she had appeared numerous times on “The Merv Griffin Show.”

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